Some couples consider it bad luck for the groom to see the bride before the ceremony, but where did the practice of hiding from each other before the big moment at the altar come from?
Here’s the story behind the superstition.
It all goes back to arranged marriages, these were more like business deals between families than love connections between a couple and it wasn’t uncommon for a bride and groom to have never seen each other before they tied the knot!
The bride’s father was the one who typically made the deal, marrying his daughter off to help the family and he couldn’t take a chance of the groom seeing the bride before he said “I do” and thinking she wasn’t pretty enough to marry and calling the whole thing off. That would’ve shamed the family – so dad couldn’t take the chance and kept his daughter’s face a mystery, under the veil until the last minute.
We think of the bride and groom not seeing each other before they walk down the aisle as something romantic, but it didn’t start out that way. Thankfully, we get to pick our own husbands these days and we don’t have to worry they’ll run when they finally see our face.